In Annapolis Naval Academy reopens to visitors

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October 20, 2001|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Annapolis

Naval Academy reopens to visitors; photo ID needed

The Naval Academy will reopen to visitors and tour groups today but will retain some security measures, academy officials said.

No vehicle will be allowed on campus without Department of Defense stickers. Visitors without stickers can park at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium or elsewhere in Annapolis, said academy spokesman Cmdr. Bill Spann.

Academy officials said the gates will be closed to visitors from 5 p.m. to 9 a.m. unless guests are attending after-hours events such as sporting competitions and concerts. Guests should be ready at all times to show photo identification if asked, officials said.

In Baltimore City

Apartment managers settle discrimination suit

A Baltimore mother who said she was discriminated against by a city apartment complex because she has a 5-year-old son has settled the case out of court for $24,200, according to the nonprofit group that joined her in the lawsuit.

Walida Howard and Baltimore Neighborhoods Inc., a fair-housing organization, filed suit against Park Raven Apartments in Northeast Baltimore in U.S. District Court in Baltimore in April. In the suit, Howard alleged that Park Raven staff members told her families with children were allowed to rent first-floor apartments only, which is a violation of the familial status provision of the federal Fair Housing Act, said Tracey Gill, fair-housing program manager for Baltimore Neighborhoods.

The apartment management denied the allegations but settled out of court last month, Gill said.

Shooting victim dies in surgery; man charged

A 20-year-old man has been arrested and charged with first-degree murder in the death of a shooting victim who drove himself to the hospital Thursday afternoon, then died in surgery of two gunshot wounds to the chest, police said.

Donte Hayes of the 1900 block of Edmondson Ave. was being held without bail yesterday at Central Booking and Intake Center in the death of Milton Smallwood, 25, of the 2200 block of Tucker Lane, police said.

Police said Smallwood was in the 1900 block of Lauretta Ave. when he was shot several times. He drove himself to Bon Secours Hospital in a stolen Cadillac truck and died in surgery. Police said witnesses identified Hayes as the person who shot Smallwood.

In Baltimore County

Randallstown man held in armed robberies

RANDALLSTOWN - Baltimore County police arrested yesterday a Randallstown man wanted in connection with nine armed robberies in the western part of the county.

Juan Django Birts, 38, of the 3400 block of Carriage Hill Circle was charged with three counts of armed robbery and one count of using a handgun in the commission of a violent crime, police said.

He was denied bail and is being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center.

Perry Hall man sentenced in property flipping case

A Perry Hall man was sentenced in federal court yesterday to four years' probation, and was ordered to pay the government $104,932 in restitution and perform 1,500 hours of community service for his role in a mortgage fraud and property flipping scheme.

William Dennis White, 48, pleaded guilty in July, admitting that he falsified homebuyers' applications for mortgages insured by the Federal Housing Administration. White was an unlicensed real estate agent at Kayhouse Realty Inc., a defunct firm that was part of the Century 21 network. The firm's owner, George A. Schiaffino, was sentenced Thursday to six months of home detention and five years' probation and ordered to pay $342,341 in restitution.

U.S. District Judge Andre M. Davis ordered White to make monthly payments of $250 and to perform 10 hours of community service a week. Payments made by White will be deducted from the amount owed by Schiaffino.

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